Sooner Intel: Kenneth Murray

Intel returns with a look at top linebacker target Kenneth Murray.

For the last couple of months heard the same thing regarding Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Elkins linebacker Kenneth Murray.

He grew up liking Oklahoma. He wanted to visit Norman for the first time, and he wanted to make his decision Aug. 10.

The visit is done. The Aug. 10 (Wednesday) decision is looming, and the Sooners did everything they absolutely could to sway him to the crimson and cream.

Murray was one of a number of top targets on hand in Norman last week for the #ChampUBBQ and finally got that taste of OU.

“I thought it was great,” Murray said. “I was pretty impressed with everything. They have great facilities. The campus is beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Murray was offered by the Sooners in the spring, and in his offer tweet, he mentioned how OU had been among his favorites since his childhood. Everybody almost immediately assumed the Sooners were going to be the choice for the high three-star prospect.

But the visit never happened. Instead, he saw Texas. He saw Texas A&M, but maybe he was just saving the best trip for last. Whatever the plan was, the visit was 100 percent necessary.

“It was very necessary,” Murray said. “This was the trip I had waited on all summer. I was really impressed by the coaches and what they said.

“What actually stuck out to me the most was how they were with my mom. She has a hip problem, and she can’t do a lot of walking. She has to slow down. They went out of their way to make her feel comfortable. They got a cart to drive her around. It meant a lot to me.”

Murray released a top six earlier this summer, but almost everybody had already dropped that down to a threesome. And a familiar three names at that in Texas, A&M and OU. It seemed as though OU was in the No. 3 spot heading into the visit. Now? It’s a waiting game.

“I didn’t really have any questions,” Murray said. “I wanted to make sure they want me to play outside linebacker, and they do. They want me to rush the quarterback.”

Murray said his best contact has been with linebackers coach Tim Kish, but he’s also developed a bond with Mike Stoops and Calvin Thibodeaux.

The Murray family spent a lot of time with the Draper family. Levi Draper is OU’s top-ranked commit and right now OU’s lone pledge at linebacker as the second-ranked ILB in the country.

Draper’s father, Sean, said he had a good time visiting with the Murray family and really hopes and believes Murray will be the next member of SoonerSquad17.

A good visit like that can sometimes throw a wrench into plans. But not for Murray. Ranked No. 31 at outside linebacker and about as high a three-star prospect as you can get, he’s ready.

“This was the final one (visit),” Murray said. “I’m set for next week. I know where I want to go.”


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